Glenn William Sachs

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Juneau resident the Rev. Glenn William Sachs died March 8, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. He was 90.

Born Nov. 4, 1917 in Gettysburg, Pa., he was the son of William John Sachs and Minnie M. Flickinger Sachs.

He received his education through the public schools in Gettysburg and at Gettysburg College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1940. In 1943, he graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary, at Gettysburg, with a Bachelor of Divinity. Five years later, he received a Master of Sacred Theology.

On April 25, 1942, he married Helen Florence Johnson, a registered nurse from Uncasville, Conn.

Following graduation from seminary he accepted a call from The Lutheran Charities of Detroit, Mich., where he served as institutional chaplain for two years. In 1945 he became pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lansing, Mich., where he served for six years. In 1951 he became the first full-time Protestant chaplain at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Ore. After nearly 12 years he left to become associate pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem, and in 1965, he became pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau, where he served until June 1972. He then went to work at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, retiring in May 1981. In 1989, his former congregation in Juneau bestowed the title of pastor emeritus upon him.

He enjoyed professional sports and he and his wife did extensive world traveling, visiting every continent except Antarctica.

A commendation for him will be held during the worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 16, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, on the corner of West 10th Street and Glacier Avenue.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and older twin sisters, Viola Sachs and Luella Sachs Forry.

He is survived by his two daughters, Sandra Moore and her husband, Robert, of Tillamook, Ore., and Nancy McMullen and her husband, Michael, of Douglas; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Following cremation, his ashes will be buried in Salem.

Memorials may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund, 740 West 10th St., Juneau, AK 99801.

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